Kona Aggressor II Captain’s Log
February 3rd – February 9th
Water Temperature: 74 – 77 °F
Air Temperature: 70 – 80 °F
Visibility: 75 – 100+ ft
Captain: Randy Wright
Engineer: Jeremy Dick
Cruise Director: Shelby Penn
Chef: Eric Fresquez
GUESTS: Jane, Eric, MJ, Elaine, Brian, Jeff, Stefan, Kerry, Brian, Christine, Jerome
Sunday: Shark Fin Rock, Kaloko Arches
Monday: Thompson’s Reef, Manuka Bay
Tuesday: Black Coral Forest, Ladders, Rainbow Reef, Wall’s Wall
Wednesday: Catacombs, Never, Neverland, Au Au Crater,
Paradise Pinnacle, Pelagic Magic
Thursday: The Dome, Amphitheater, Mantaville
Friday: Turtle Pinnacle
Saturday February 3rd – Aloha and welcome to beautiful and sunny Kona, Hawaii. At 5:00 PM the Captain and Crew welcomed eleven guests from Canada and The United States hoping to see manta rays, dolphins, and the pelagic magic night dive. After setting up gear on the dive deck to make sure everything was ready for the week of diving, Chef Eric served up a dinner of seared marlin miso crab cream, jicama yozu salad and cous cous, with chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Guests spent the evening relaxing on the sundeck and enjoying the beautiful evening as they were rocked to sleep with the gentle swaying of the boat.
Sunday February 4th – To begin the week of diving, we moored up at Shark Fin Rock. This site gives guests their first introduction to Hawaii’s underwater world. Here guests were able to see a manta ray, green sea turtle, and dragon wrasse. After lunch we arrived at Kaloko Arches. During the afternoon dives guests were also able to see white mouth moray eels, juvenile yellowtail chromis, and humpbacks swimming offshore. For dinner, Chef Eric served Cornish hen with pan jus, purple potatoes kale ribbon carrots, and key lime pie. During the manta mayhem experience, divers watched the mantas feasting on the plankton collecting in the dive lights. Back on the boat, divers excitedly talked about the swooping mantas as they watched their videos and pictures from the experience.
Monday February 5th – After a good night of sleep, our first stop of the day was Thompson’s Reef where divers were able to see a day octopus, undulated moray eel, and Moorish idols. In the afternoon, we moored up for the night at Manuka Bay. During the afternoon dives, those in the water saw a leaf scorpionfish, white tip reef shark, and barracuda. After the fourth dive of the day, Chef Eric had salmon charred tomato onion jam, shaved brussel sprouts, brown rice, and coconut apple bread pudding waiting. Those divers that decided to get back into the water for the night dive were able to see many feeding sea cucumbers, marbled shrimp, and pennant butterflyfish. After a cup of hot chocolate, everyone was ready to tuck in for the night.
Tuesday February 6th – We began the day at Black Coral Forest and Ladders where everyone was able to see several crown of thorns, a juvenile Hawaiian hogfish, and a Triton’s trumpet. In the afternoon we arrived at Rainbow Reef, before mooring up at Wall’s Wall where divers saw arc eye hawkfish, Tinker’s butterflyfish, and many yellow tangs. For dinner, Chef Eric prepared blackened New York strip steak, grilled squash and red potatoes, and cheesecake. Those feeling up for the fifth dive of the day jumped back into the water to see large spiny lobsters, a few ghost shrimp, and an undulated moray eel. To finish off the day, divers enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate before returning to their cabins for the night.
Wednesday February 7th –Our first stop of the day was at Catacombs followed by Never, Neverland. Divers were able to see a bandit angelfish, spinner dolphins, and peacock razor wrasse. In the afternoon, we arrived at Au Au Crater and Paradies Pinnacle where guests were able to see flagtail tilefish, redstripe pipefish, and a whale shark. For dinner, guests enjoyed Cornish game hen, Kalamata basmati and broccoli and a cinnamon cream tri fold for dessert. As the sun began to set, everyone got ready for the once in a lifetime experience, Pelagic Magic. During this dive, the boat drives about three miles offshore, and in 3,000 feet of water, lines are dropped over the side for guests to hold onto. As the boat drifts, divers have the opportunity to glimpse the plankton making their daily migration into the shallows to feed at night. This is the largest migration of organisms in the world and it happens every night! After having the opportunity to watch these glowing jellies and fish, guests begin to retire to their cabins to get some sleep.
Thursday February 8th – To start the final full day of diving, we began at The Dome and Amphitheater. Here, divers saw blue goatfish, supermale bird wrasse, and Spanish dancer eggs. In the afternoon at Mantaville, guests were able to see a devil scorpionfish, Potter’s angelfish, and a few fried egg nudibranches. Everyone enjoyed a final dinner prepared by Chef Eric of Chimmichuri Lamb T-Bones, whipped purple potatoes, griller pepper and sprouts, followed by a pistachio butter mousse.
Friday February 9th – As the week comes to a close, guests prepared for their final dives at Turtle Pinnacle. Divers were able to see freckled nudibranches, gold lace nudibranches, and many trumpetfish. Back onboard, guests enjoyed a lunch of hamburgers and hotdogs before a relaxing afternoon. At 5:00 everyone gathered on the sundeck for the farewell cocktail party where Jeff was awarded his Iron Diver metal, having completed every dive offered during the week! A huge Mahalo to all our wonderful guests for another amazing week onboard the Kona Aggressor II!
Until next time!
-The Kona Aggressor II Captain and Crew